Currently Being ModeratedNov 29, 2012 3:16 PM (in response to Matt Bacon1)
Sorry but it can be an issue even with one computer and the TC.. it is not the fault of the using multiple computers doing backups.. it is a fundamental network flaw. The computers have lost the connection to the disk for some reason.
But your experience is interesting.. backup to the internal disk.. which is only from your laptop is at least statistically related.. as I put together your post that is what I am reading.. with other computers using the external drive plugged into the TC having no trouble.. you could be onto something.
Can I suggest you start a new backup for your laptop somewhere else.. if there is enough space to the external disk as well but perhaps better not the TC at all.. use a usb drive plugged in.. for just another week or so.. it will just be a trial.
Does the internal disk of the TC have a name with a space.. eg Time Capsule .. not a simple name like data.. apple seem to have used both.
What OS is on all the computers?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 11:24 AM (in response to Matt Bacon1)
Still not resolved this. However, I'm now absolutely SURE that it's something to do with colliding back-ups locking the TC up somehow.
I was at home for 3 weeks over Christmas, without using my work laptop. All through that time, the iMac continued backing up to the WD with no problems. Since then, though, I've been using my work laptop at home all day for a couple of weeks, and pretty much every afternoon, mid afternoon, the iMac alerts me that the backups could not be completed because the backup could not be found.
The TC shows up in the Finder sidebar still, and if I run Airport Utility I can access it and administer it. Once again, if you click on the TC in the Sidebar, it just says "Connecting" and shows no disks. However (and this is a new discovery), if I use the Airport Utility to "Disconnect All Users" from both the TCs internal disk and the WD external disk, the TC disk reappears in the Finder. The WD disk can only be made to reappear by power cycling it. But once that's done, backup can begin again as normal.
I therefore don't have to power cycle the TC to get the disks back.
So, it seems that something is happening that means that when two "users" are connected to the disks, having attepted a backup, they are locked, and can't be connected to.
Throughout all this, though, the laptop has continued to back-up normally to the TC internal drive, so IT can still see and connect to that drive. It's just the iMac that is somehow locked out of the TC and its external WD backup drive.
I do wish somebody would fix this!!!!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2013 12:20 PM (in response to Matt Bacon1)
Thanks for good diagnosis.. that is useful.
There is certainly an issue where the computer is not closing off the backup correctly and dismounting the sparsebundle. That is required so the next time the disk is available. That is why the reboot or the disconnect all users works.. it is forcing the sparsebundle to dismount.. so TM can then remount it as it needs to do to start a backup.
What OS is on all the computers?
What OS particularly is on the laptop that has no issues?
It is definitely worse on Mountain Lion than anything else.. The issue began with Lion.
I use Snow Leopoard.. (and occasionally a laptop on ML).. and the SL computer has no problem with TC running older firmware.. none.. rock solid stable. But as soon as I flash the TC up to current firmware level.. within a day the SL computer starts having server disconnect issues.
Apple changed the security level of AFP in Lion.. which required the firmware update in TC. The end result has never been a happy one.